The Waikato bid draws inspiration from the Flinders model with its proposal to put graduate-entry students through four years of training, including one year based in a community setting.
New Zealand is losing aspiring doctors to other countries because it lacks a graduate-entry medical programme.
The University of Waikato has continued to climb the QS World University rankings. Vice-chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says it's proof hard work gets recognised.
Waikato Medical can fix our GP problem
A medical school backed by Waikato Hospital, pictured, and Waikato University seeks to train GPs to fill a critical shortage in the provinces.
The sides squared off in this month’s New Zealand Medical Journal. Today, Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray and Otago Medical School dean Prof Peter Crampton put their respective cases on the matter.
Waikato councils have publicly backed a proposal for a third New Zealand medical school.
For 25 years, Dr John Burton has been a lifeline for people in the isolated Waikato community of Kawhia, but, he says, GPs are considered "lesser beings" so job training is not producing good doctors for rural areas.
Otago and Auckland have been accused of trying to grab the initiative off Waikato by proposing a new national school of rural health.